Massachusetts SNAP

SNAP (formerly Food Stamps) helps low-income people and families in Massachusetts with cash assistance to buy a month’s worth of healthy food.

The amount of SNAP benefits you get depends on your household size, income, and other expenses. In Massachusetts, the average monthly food stamps benefit is about $343 per household with children.

As a condition of eligibility, all SNAP recipients must meet the general SNAP work rules or the ABAWD work rules unless otherwise exempt.


In order to qualify for SNAP, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Live in Massachusetts
  2. Be a US Citizen or a lawful permanent resident
  3. Show proof of identity
  4. Meet certain income guidelines
  5. Have less than $2,250 in resources

Find out if you’re eligible in 10 seconds with this online screening tool.


Who qualifies for food stamps in Massachusetts? #


Most families in Massachusetts with gross income up to 200% of the federal poverty level, about $3,660 a month for a family of three, qualify for food stamps.

How do I apply for food stamps in Massachusetts? #


To apply for SNAP benefits, you may go to DTA Connect to submit your application online. An interview will then be arranged to determine your eligibility.

If eligibility is confirmed, you’ll receive your first benefits no later than 30 days from the date of your application.

Those who have less than $150 per month in income and $100 or less in cash may qualify for Emergency SNAP and have their first benefits within 7 days.

For more information about Massachusetts SNAP, please call
Department of Transitional Assistance
(877) 382-2363